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  • Haberdashers’ Adams
    High Street
    TF10 7BD
  • Head: Mr Gary Hickey
  • T 01952 953810
  • F 01952 386301
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Telford and Wrekin
  • Pupils: 1,055; sixth formers: 364
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Day free; Boarding: £13,857 pa
  • Open days: Open events take place annually in Jan/Feb however, all dates are communicated via School website.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 10th May 2022
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 27th November 2013
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The sixth form pupil who showed us round was a poster for the well-rounded Adams’ student; studying double maths and physics at A level, he had a place at a top university to read music. Vast array of clubs which is quite astounding for the state sector: astronomy, debating, creative writing, raspberry pi robot building, engineering, sculpting, taiko drumming. If the Adams pupil of today likes rugby (and plenty do), it will be rugby plus Chekov ...

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What the school says...

A selective state grammar school for day pupils and boarders, located in the market town of Newport, Shropshire. We welcome boys aged 11-18 as day boys or boarders and girls aged 16-18 as day girls in our sixth form. From September 2024 we will welcome girls aged 11 as day students. ...Read more

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School associations

State boarding school

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Gary Hickey BA (music, Manchester Metropolitan) MA in education (Birmingham) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Previously deputy head at Ercall Wood Technology College in Wellington, became deputy head at Haberdashers’ Adams in 2009, head in 2015. Since then, he has set about transforming the outlook and ethos of this boys’ state grammar (also offers boys’ boarding and open to day girls at sixth form) with great vigour and a clear social focus.

Ten years ago, he tells us, Adams was perceived as a closed shop to locals. One parent described it as ‘the Willy Wonka’ factory, iron gates firmly shut. ‘Elitist and inward looking’ is how he himself sums up the ghost of Adams’ past, a school turning out hearty medics with a penchant for rugby....

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Haberdashers’ Adams is a selective school but one which is inclusive within its remit. The school ensures that all pupils with SEN are identified and appropriately supported to ensure both academic and personal development. Haberdashers' Adams takes seriously the needs of pupils and recognises its duty to provide a suitable education for every pupil; we always seek to work closely with parents and others to that end. There is a vast amount of expertise amongst the staff which is used to good effect. In the event of the school needing further help, this is provided by any one of a number of qualified individuals brought in by school. A well-established tracking system aids the process of support and the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and the Head of Learning Support meet regularly with parents and pupils.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

Interpreting catchment maps

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Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

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Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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Who came from where

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